A Moment’s Pause

These are the quotes selected for the “A Moment’s Pause” panel on the left side of most of our pages. Not all of the quotes are from Unitarians, but they all reflect Unitarian values. Learn more about notable Unitarians.

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  • “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” - William Gibson (b. 1948)
  • “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1945)
  • “Only connect!… only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer!” - E. M. Forster (1879-1970)
  • “I feel that my whole life is a contribution.” - Pete Seeger (b. 1919), Unitarian
  • “Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.” - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
  • “What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.” - Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)
  • “The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.” - Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)
  • “Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” - David Lloyd George (1863-1945)
  • “You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.” - James M. Barrie (1860-1937)
  • “I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “It matters what we know – it matters what we believe.” - Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978), Unitarian
  • “A ship in harbour is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.”
  • “I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “The trick is growing up without growing old.” - Casey Stengel (1890-1975)
  • “Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.” - Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), Unitarian
  • “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before together.” - Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914)
  • “Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.” - Richard Bach (b. 1936)
  • “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” - Albert Camus (1913-1960)
  • “The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond; and must be polished, or the lustre of it will never appear.” - Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)